NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A 34-year-old Niagara Falls mother forced two girls, one of them her daughter, into a street fight as a crowd of onlookers watched.
The incident was captured on a cell phone and posted to social media, leading to an investigation by Niagara Falls police.
On Thursday, detectives arrested Eula L. McCray, of 1331 Willow Avenue, and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child and menacing in the third degree, both of which are misdemeanors.
She was arraigned in Niagara Falls City Court Friday morning. Bail was set at $2,500 or $5,000 bond. She was released after her arraignment on Friday. Her next court date is in May.
The video shows McCray forcing the girls, ages 13 and 14 years old, into a fist fight in the street as a crowd gathers to watch. The fight is less than five minutes.
Neither girl was seriously injured.
McCray's family say this was a case of a mother trying to get her daughter to stand up to bullies.
"Standing up for yourself is something you've got to do. If she does not even attempt to stand up for herself, all these kids can see her as an easy target and pick on her like they've been doing," said Lason Dolson, a relative of McCray.
Police say they are not aware of any bullying or reports, but the family insists they have made complaints, although not written, to police and school officials.
Rachel Hutchinson is McCray's aunt. She believes her niece became frustrated and "snapped." Hutchinson told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "I don't condone what she did by no means. I don't condone any of the smacking in the face, the swearing that she was directing at her daughter. I don't condone it, but like I've been telling everybody, I support her 100-percent to try to get her daughter to stand up for herself at least one time in her life."